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Tax Season is Upon Us!

Tax season is here! Let’s face it…it’s not the most amazing time of the year. Keeping track of all of your income and expenses can be hard during the year, especially if you have a lot of hidden transaction fees! If you use Etsy or PayPal, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Did you know that when you sell on Etsy, you pay a listing fee, a transaction fee, AND a direct checkout processing fee? With PayPal and other money transfer programs, you usually have to pay a transaction fee as well. So how does a busy business owner keep up with so many small transactions? Today, I’m telling you my secret to easy bookkeeping!

I stumbled upon this program a couple of years ago after a surprisingly great year on Etsy. I opened my Etsy account just for fun one day, and it took off. Within the first year of opening, I had thousands of sales. So imagine how panicked I was when January came around and I had not kept track of anything. Crazy, right? I think we can all agree I had no idea what I was doing. I searched online to see if there was a program that would be able to import all of the information from Etsy and automatically calculate the income and expenses. Honestly, I didn’t even know if something like that existed, but I was desperate. Somehow, I got incredibly lucky and I came across a program that did exactly that! I’ve used it for years now, and I’m SO happy with GoDaddy Bookkeeping.

Introducing: GoDaddy Bookkeeping

Yes, you heard me correctly – GoDaddy Bookkeeping! It sounds weird, right? Well, let me tell you, this program changed my business! First of all, it’s super affordable. If you purchase the program for a year, you can get it for only $8.34 a month (or $9.99 monthly). Also — I just want to say that I’m not getting paid or compensated in any way to talk about this program at all. I genuinely just love it and I love sharing it with other business owners because I feel like it’s a hidden gem that nobody knows about.

My Secret to Bookkeeping: GoDaddy Bookkeeping

*Note: This isn’t my actual bookkeeping numbers. This is a sample page they display with fake numbers and clients

This program is SO easy. When you are on the main home page, it shows you your overall profits and losses for the year in a bar graph. You can also see your hours, invoices, and expenses in a pie chart. On the left side, it gives you an overview of everything else. To look at each individual transaction, you simply just go into your “Income” and “Expenses” tabs and they’re all listed out for you. Just make sure you sort them into the proper category! This is important when you get to the end of the year.

My Secret to Bookkeeping: GoDaddy Bookkeeping

*Note: This isn’t my actual bookkeeping numbers. This is a sample page they display with fake numbers and clients

Here is my favorite feature of this program (and the one I was talking about at the beginning of this post): you are able to link all of the accounts you use to your GoDaddy bookkeeping! Under the “Manage” tab, you can search for the account or select one from a list (see below). I have two Etsy accounts and my PayPal account linked to this program. Personally, I don’t link my credit card because I don’t have one for my business yet, but when I finally get one, I will probably link it. I also don’t link my banking just because I’m really particular about where I put any banking information (but that’s just me — I think it’d be pretty safe to do).

My Secret to Bookkeeping: GoDaddy Bookkeeping

*Note: This isn’t my actual bookkeeping numbers. This is a sample page they display with fake numbers and clients

My Secret to Bookkeeping: GoDaddy Bookkeeping

The best thing about GoDaddy Bookkeeping is that when tax season rolls around, all I have to do is click the “Taxes” tab and it has everything listed in downloadable spreadsheets that I can save to my computer! These spreadsheets are MAGIC (seriously, I’m not exaggerating on this). You can upload them into TurboTax and it automatically fills in all of the information! It’s SO easy!

Is this Program for You?

As much as I love this program, I want to be honest and tell you that I don’t think that it’s for everyone. If you use Etsy and make a lot of sales each year — this program is DEFINITELY for you. Trust me, it’s worth the extra money to not have to calculate all of the various fees associated with one sale, especially if your shop has a high volume of sales. However, if you run a business and all of your income and expenses are straightforward and easy to keep up with — this program may not be the best fit for you since it does cost about $100 a year. This is especially true if you already pay for a program that has a bookkeeping feature, like 17hats or Honeybook. Personally, I use 17hats for everything except bookkeeping for two main reasons:

  1. I like how easy it is to manage all of my clients and keep everything organized
  2. It lets me manage my entire business in one easy-to-use program

There are tons of programs out there that will be the best fit for you, you will just have to do research and find them! GoDaddy Bookkeeping is just one of many, but it does have a ton of great features if you aren’t wanting to always manually enter your income/expenses from Paypal, Etsy, Stripe, Amazon, etc. or if you don’t want to bother figuring out fees for each transaction. So check it out if it sounds like something that might interest you! You can click here to take a tour of the program!

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  1. Stacia

    February 13th, 2017 at 11:47 am

    How interesting! I’ve never heard of this feature. One thing that helps keep me sane is MileIQ for tracking all work-related drives so I can write off the mileage.

  2. Rox

    February 13th, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Wow, one click button for taxes time? Unheard of! Bookkeeping as a photographer is something that I struggle with.

  3. Sara Normand

    February 13th, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    What a great program. Tax time is the worst! I have accounts in Brazil, Australia and the US and it is a mess!

  4. Alissa

    February 13th, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    This is so helpful! I love how you made tax season so much easier!

  5. Taylor

    February 13th, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Ah! I am looking into this ASAP! Bookkeeping is seriously my biggest weakness.

  6. Elizabeth

    February 13th, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Thank you for sharing! This is my least favorite part of the business!

  7. jiyeon

    February 13th, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    this is so helpful! bookkeeping and doing taxes aren’t the most fun things 🙁

  8. Melissa E Downham

    February 13th, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    I haven’t heard of this and am looking for a new system. Thank you!

  9. Jennifer

    February 13th, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I had no idea that Go Daddy had a bookkeeping program. I’ve been looking for something and I’ll definitely check it out.

  10. Aryn Baker

    February 13th, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    So I’m pretty sure you just changed my life! This looks fabulous!

  11. Misty

    February 13th, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    I had no idea Go Daddy offered this feature! Very cool!

  12. Allie

    February 13th, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    How cool! Awesome that it integrates with so many other websites. We use You Need a Budget for our personal and business bookkeeping, this also looks like a neat option,

  13. Ashley

    February 13th, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I have never heard of this one

  14. Andrea Burolla Photography

    February 13th, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Go Daddy book keeping?!? Freakin’ genius, I’m bookmarking this post bc its chick full of awesome useful tips- thank you!!!

  15. Alekandra

    February 13th, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Yes, keeping track of business expenses is not easy but I sure didn’t know that Go daddy had their own.

  16. Elizabeth

    February 14th, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Very interesting! I have never heard of this feature…thanks for sharing!

  17. Sarah Levey

    February 14th, 2017 at 11:40 am

    This is great information. I think this is a subject that most creative professionals struggle with.

  18. Ashley

    February 14th, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    oh wow, this is really interesting. I have been using the old age quickbooks, looking into go daddy right about now! so I told my true love, we need to try “go daddy” and he went like huh? I feel you , it sounds weird 🙂

  19. Gabrielle

    February 15th, 2017 at 12:54 am

    ummm you may have just made a go daddy bookkeeping customer out of me! I had no idea such a thing even existed and I definitely can always use help in the organization department. thank you for sharing your helpful tips!

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